By Gus Saltonstall
A recently opened Upper West Side restaurant was one of eight New York City eateries to receive its first, extremely coveted, Michelin star on Tuesday night.
Essential by Christophe, a French spot located within a townhouse at 103 West 77th Street, just off the corner of Columbus Avenue, can now officially call itself a Michelin-starred restaurant.
“Supple leather, brass touches and various shades of beige comprise the contemporary, elegant space, where a buzzy bar and a welcoming dining room await,” the Michelin Guide wrote about the Upper West Side eatery. “Chef Christophe Bellanca’s dishes echo a simple elegance, evidenced by plump white asparagus on a fragrant bergamot-flavored crème with a refreshing herb vinaigrette and paper-thin slices of watermelon radish.”
Essential by Christophe opened at the address in December of 2022 and operates with a core philosophy of “informed simplicity, stripped of all unnecessary flourishes to showcase only what is essential,” according to its website.
The restaurant is led by chef Christophe Bellanca, who grew up in Ardeche, France, and formerly worked as the head chef at celebrated New York City eateries such as Le Cirque and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. It is not the first Michelin star he has helped secure.
Dishes on the menu include lobster with endive, chestnut and malabar pepper sauce, duck with celery vanilla and poached quince, scallops lightly cooked with sunchokes and fennel-shoyu sauce, and rabbit with grain mustard, peal onions and girolles.
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There might be magic in the 103 West 77th Street address itself. Prior to Essential by Christophe opening at the end of 2022, the address was a longtime home to the popular upscale restaurant Dovetail, which also earned a Michelin star.
Essential by Christophe has found quick success, as it had already been added to the New York Michelin Guide this May, before now getting its first star.
You can find out more about Essential by Christophe on its website — HERE.
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